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|Lawmakers Wonder Why Burris is Still in Office
|Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan referred (D-Chicago) several documents regarding testimony by U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) to the special House Impeachment Committee to the Sangamon County state's attorney's office. A Madigan spokesman says Madigan thought that was the best place for the documents, which include an updated affidavit that states Burris had conversations with Robert Blagojevich about raising campaign contributions for his brother, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
State Rep.Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), the minority spokesman on the committee, says this is typical of Illinois Democrats, and that this supposed new era of bipartisanship is "a joke." Durkin wants to know why Republicans are being kept out of the loop, and were not consulted before the speaker made this decision -- though Durkin insisted on Sunday that the case be given to the state's attorney. He accuses the Democrats of taking the "Burris issue" out of Republicans' hands in order to protect Burris.
State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) disagrees.She says Democrats have never tried to hinder any investigation, are not trying to protect Burris, and the House Impeachment Committee did all it could. She agrees with Madigan that the state's attorney's office is the best place for the documents.
Burris supplied the updated affidavit because he says he left some information out of his testimony. Flowers agrees with Durkin that Burris did not tell the whole truth when he testified before the committee. She says Burris had plenty of opportunities to "state the facts." She recalls asking him specifically if there was any quid pro quo regarding the senate seat, and he definitively said no.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|02 17 09 by Newsroom
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